Vivek Varma

Vivek Varma

College of Engineering and Applied Sciences

What brought you to the CTG UAlbany?

I am a Graduate student studying Data Science at UAlbany. My passion for data science and analytics has brought me to CTG UAlbany. It is a place of immensely diverse peers with thoughtfulness for challenges; all highly driven to innovate and make a difference through their respective works.

When I heard of it first, it felt like a natural progression and perfect choice for me to pursue my interests to solve large scale problems and be an enabler in these social initiatives.

What did you do prior to coming to CTG UAlbany?

I have always been fascinated with numbers and had a knack for advanced mathematics and its practical applications in the universe. My intrigue for technology and analytics became even stronger during my engineering days and furthered my ambition to pursue a career in the data field.

In my undergrad sophomore year, I pursued an internship with a children’s non-profit foundation back in India and helped improve the business resiliency of the organization employing data-backed frameworks. Acting as a key liaison in this initiative, I witnessed the able influence of data first-hand. 

My quest to solve business challenges with a data-driven approach has landed me a role at Kantar, a leading technology firm providing analytics advisory to Fortune 500 clients, non-profit organizations, and governments across the globe. During a stint of 2 years at Kantar, I helped global clients in telecom, retail, and FMCG in optimizing their sales pipelines, improving supply chain operations, and new market identification. Enabled the decision-making process for executives providing actionable recommendations through data storytelling and dashboarding.

What are your plans/goals for the future? 

With my interest and expertise in data science and machine learning, in short term I desire to excel as a Data scientist in global corporations. Such a role will help me understand the problems of user in-depth and provide an opportunity to improve the adoption and revenue of the organizations through advanced machine learning techniques simultaneously impacting day to day lives of consumers.

In the long-term, utilizing the research experience gained at SUNY and my career experiences thereafter, I want to lead an organizational data strategy overseeing the data assets and providing sustainable benefits through the data ecosystem.

How can CTG UAlbany help you reach your goal for the future?

CTG UAlbany is a transformative set-up and provides an open platform to explore and nurture oneself. With its collaborative environment, it enables experiential learning where I get to solve the challenges in the world and make an impact.

Working on real-time government initiatives has immensely helped in understanding the complexities and intricacies of data and continues to hone my data muscle. Besides, it has enabled me to sharpen my research acumen, analytical instincts, and interpersonal skills which are key to the career I aspire for. 

At CTG UAlbany, every day is a new challenge, a new idea to explore, a new initiative to execute. With a host of prospects to grow and let grow, CTG UAlbany never ceases to amaze and inspire me.